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  • CNS Foundation Announces 2023 CNS Guidelines Quality Scholarship Recipient

    • Jun 12, 2023

    Schaumburg, Ill., June 12, 2023— The CNS Foundation and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons are pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the CNS Guidelines Quality Scholarship is Dr. George Koutsouras, who is in his fifth year of residency at SUNY Upstate University Hospital. The topic of Dr. Koutsouras’ project is Evaluate the Impact of Guidelines for Myelomeningocele. Koutsouras will perform scaled assessments of prenatal and postnatal repair use before and after the guidelines were implemented using national databases, as well as an institutional based study, and cross-sectional survey of pediatric neurosurgeons. 

    Dr. Koutsouras will be mentored by Dr. David Bauer, who is serving as mentor for this award for the third year in a row. “Dr. David Bauer is among the leaders in pediatric neurosurgery guidelines, and it will be an honor and privilege to work with him,” said Dr. Koutsouras.

    This year’s scholarship will run through the academic year July 2023-June 2024, and the final work will be submitted for presentation at the 2024 CNS Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, including submission of a manuscript based on this work to Neurosurgery.

    Dr. Koutsouras states, “Despite the level 1 evidence for prenatal repair, many institutions do not have the comprehensive multi-disciplinary infrastructure necessary to conduct prenatal repair of spina bifida. I hope this study contributes to the understanding of the importance to be able to perform repairs on myelomeningocele.”

    Congratulations Dr. Koutsouras!

    This $12,000 scholarship was sponsored by the many donors who made gifts to the CNS Foundation Guidelines Fund.




    About the CNS Foundation

    The CNS Foundation’s philanthropic mission is to improve worldwide patient health by supporting innovative programs that allow neurosurgeons to collaborate globally as researchers, learners, educators, and caregivers. As a 501(c)(3) based in Schaumburg, Illinois, the four mission pillars are Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; International Philanthropy; Clinical Scientist Development, and CNS Guidelines Development. For more information, please visit, or contact Courtney Johnson, Director of Foundation and Giving at 

    About the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) is the global leader in neurosurgical education, serving to promote health by advancing neurosurgery through innovation and excellence in education. The CNS provides leadership in neurosurgery by inspiring and facilitating scientific discovery and its translation into clinical practice. The CNS maintains the vitality of the profession through volunteer efforts of its members and the development of leadership in service to the public, to colleagues in other disciplines, and to neurosurgeons throughout the world in all stages of their professional lives. For more information, visit


    Media inquiries:

    Congress of Neurological Surgeons Foundation  

    10 N. Martingale Road, Suite 190

    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    (847) 240-2500


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